Communication Quotes

Most popular communication quotes

The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
Communication would be vastly improved if everyone who wrote and spoke were content to be understood without needing to be admired.
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.

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Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

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Use soft words and hard arguments.
— English proverb

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Say what you have to say, not what you ought.

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He was as uncommunicative as a vending machine.
Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.

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There is nothing that can't be made worse by telling.
I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
By inflection you can say much more than your words do.
One thought driven home is better than three left on base.
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
Art is the most effective mode of communication that exists.
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
That which we are capable of feeling, we are capable of saying.
The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it.
Mincing your words makes it easier if you have to eat them later.


You can suffocate a thought by expressing it with too many words.
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
Think like a wise man but express yourself like the common people.

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The reason we make a long story short is so that we can tell another.


Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.


What you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying.
If you think before you speak the other fellow gets in his joke first.
Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
Man does not live on bread alone; his other necessity is communication.
Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.


If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.
Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear.


The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

listening management

Banality is a symptom of non-communication.  Men hide behind their clichés.
Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying, "I love you."


Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.

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The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.
When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.
Professors simply can't discuss a thing. Habit compels them to deliver a lecture.
I feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Good communication is stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Sometimes there is greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence.
To be a recipient of a communication is to have an enlarged and changed experience.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.


The communication
Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.


Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

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To be misunderstood even by those whom one loves is the cross and bitterness of life.

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Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.


Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.

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His words leap across rivers and mountains, but his thoughts are still only six inches long.

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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.


In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human handclasp.


Sometimes good intentions and feelings are of greater moment than the awkwardness of their expression.
It was hard to communicate with you.  You were always communicating with yourself.  The line was busy.
The genius of communication is the ability to be both totally honest and totally kind at the same time.
Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.
Why doesn't the fellow who says "I'm no speechmaker" let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration?

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North Americans communicate through buttons, T-shirts and bumper stickers the way some cultures use drums.
Men and women belong to different species, and communication between them is a science still in its infancy.

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Let us make a special effort to learn to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.
My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.

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When you say something you think are just saying something, but you are largely communicating why you had to say it.
The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed.


We are all so clumsy...and words are all we have, poor signals like bonfires and flags trying to express what shipwreck is.


If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.


Having a young child explain something exciting he has seen is the finest example of communication you will ever hear or see.


To base thought only on speech is to try nailing whispers to the wall. Writing freezes thought and offers it up for inspection.

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This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.


In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.


You must possess at the same time the habit of communicating and the habit of listening.  The union is rather rare, but irresistible.
It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.

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When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.


Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit.

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The glance is natural magic. The mysterious communication established across a house between two entire strangers, moves all the springs of wonder.

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The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.  It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
Communicating is a contact sport.  Your ability to communicate is the single most important skill determining your success in every aspect of your life.
There is no pleasure to me without communication; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind but I grieve that I have no one to tell it to.
To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thoughts into few words stamps the man of genius.
The two words "information" and "communication" are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.


If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time a tremendous whack.
If you want to communicate with another thinking human being, get in touch with your thoughts.  Put them in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.
Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false, or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.
Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.
Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.


A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Whether clear or garbled, tumultuous or silent, deliberate or fatally inadvertent, communication is the ground of meeting and the foundation of community. It is, in short, the essential human connection.
Take the two popular words today, "information" and "communication."  They are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals.  He isn't telling or teaching or ordering.  Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing.


My God! The English language is a form of communication!  Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at!  Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill!  Words aren't only bombs and bullets—no, they're little gifts, containing meanings!


I see communication as a huge umbrella that covers and affects all that goes on between human beings.  Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships she or he makes with others and what happens to each in the world.
The whole task of psychotherapy is the task of dealing with a failure in communication.  The emotionally maladjusted person, the "neurotic," is in difficulty first, because communication with himself has broken down, and second because, as a result of this, his communication with others has been damaged.
Each one of us is alone in the world.  He is shut in a tower of brass, and can communicate with his fellows only by signs, and the signs have no common value, so that their sense is vague and uncertain.  We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them.